Expanding the Future

In 2023, the Reilly Arts Center concluded their 15,590 square-foot-expansion project! Project highlights include:

  • The NOMA Black Box Theatre: The second theatre is a flexible, black-box style theatre with flat floor space, that can be transformed day-to-day to accommodate the creation of an intimate jazz or stand-up comedy club, theatre in the round, special dance and multi-media events, and standing-room pop and rock concerts. The Reilly’s second theatre will also be capable of hosting banquets, receptions, special speakers and presenters, and community events in seated or standing capacities. Additionally, the facility includes an expanded catering kitchen to accommodate such events with efficiency and ease.
  • The Frank J. DeLuca Grand Lobby: The new lobby expansion accommodates more guests and provides more than twice the additional restrooms and concession areas – a common request from patrons!
  • Community Music Conservatory: A gift of the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, the conservatory features multiple teaching studios, in addition to large rehearsal and performances spaces, that are now filled with exciting programming accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds, with scholarships available to assist anyone eager to learn but in need of financial assistance.
  • Expanded Box Office Facilities: A dedicated box office area that can accommodate guests from both inside and outside the facility.

Exciting naming opportunities are still available!

The Reilly is actively looking for donations to fund this expansion project. Contact Natalie McComb, Executive Director, natalie@reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606, ext. 102 to discuss the best donation option for you!

  • 700-seat Mainstage Auditorium: $500,000
    The main-stage auditorium is the heartbeat of the Reilly Arts Center. The stage has hosted national grammy-award winning artists like Kenny G and Wynonna Judd, is the for Ocala Symphony Orchestra subscription performances,  hosts ballet performances such as the annual Nutcracker ballet, and provides a world-class platform for local dance companies and students to share their art. Recognition will be located prominently and all plaques and donor recognition.
  • East Lobby: $150,000
    The East Lobby will always be considered the most historic piece of the Reilly Arts Center. As a central part of the building where guests will gather, this space includes a bar, restrooms, and the staircases and elevator that lead to the Reilly’s grand second-floor balcony. Recognition will be located prominently in the East Lobby and all plaques and donor recognition.
  • Box Office: $50,000
    The first stop for any performance is at the box office! Recognition will be located prominently on the Box Office and all plaques and donor recognition.
  • Artist Green Room: $25,000
    From warming up, to chilling out, the Green Room is used to prepare musicians for their moments on stage. Be a part of making an artist’s Reilly experience comfortable, professional, and accommodating. Recognition will be located prominently on the Green Room door and all plaques and donor recognition.

Thank you to our Expansion Donors who have made this project possible!


Morris Dittman Estate
Robert Reilly
The David & Lisa Midgett Foundation
NOMA Records & NOMA Gallery
Frank J. DeLuca
RGF Trust
Tom Marshall in memory of Richard M. Meibaum
Blaise Bonaventure & Ken Colen in memory of Morris and Janet Dittman
Mary Brent Kraus
Susan & Norman Reid In loving memory of Michael Alan Steger
Martha Steward & Charles Butler in memory of Tina Butler
Tom Dobbins
Grace Dunlevy & Bob Levenson
Bill & Cindy Nassal
Florida Express Environmental
Cynthia Marcello in memory of Robert Anthony Marcello
Gus & Carol Cliff Bruno in memory of their parents

Join the Education Consortium
A central tenant of our expansion is the new Community Music Conservatory, a gift of the Lisa Irwin Legacy for the Arts and Culture Foundation. The Conservatory’s mission is to provide accessible music education for all with excellent and innovative programming. Launch offerings include Buckets and Boom Sticks, a percussion-oriented class to create a love for music and performance in children, Class Guitar for youth and adults, and fundamental music classes like Music Appreciation and basic Music Theory for all ages.

With the Foundation’s initial gift of $300,000 to establish this incredible musical asset for Ocala, we are seeking 25 gifts of $10,000 and above to further support the brick and mortar, and enshrine programming for the first five years.

Donors joining this special consortium will be recognized in a unique and prominent place in the Reilly Arts Center’s new lobby.


Donate Here!